Taught course

Finance ( 2 Years)

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Economics

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Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in non-Economics related subjects.

Applicants must show that they have taken or be taking a year long Mathematics or Statistics module and achieve 2:2 level or equivalent.

Applicants with a good Second Class Honours degree (2.2), or equivalent, will be considered on an individual basis.

A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:

  • team player
  • good communicator
  • willing to learn new quantitative methods
  • willing to integrate and have a thirst for knowledge and new challenges

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-scores.

Months of entry


Course content

Studying Finance at Royal Holloway, University of London means that you will learn from internationally renowned experts at one of the UK’s top ten teaching and research centres. This programme provides you with an opportunity to study a portfolio of courses in the first year designed to bring you up to the entry standard for the Masters degree; ideal if you have graduated from disciplines other than Economics, Finance, and a highly quantitative discipline. You will learn how to analyse issues in finance and corporate policy and build your analytical and technical expertise. On graduation you will be ready to start a career in the financial services, business and banking sectors; we have an impressive employment record, 90% of our economics students have jobs in six months.

In the first year you will study undergraduate level courses and in the second year, subject to progression, you will progress to the year-long Masters in Finance. Through your studies you will gain a strong grounding in core areas of finance and have the flexibility to specialise in areas such as fixed income securities and derivatives, investment and portfolio management or decision theory and behaviour. On graduation you will be skilled in investment analysis, mathematical statistics financial econometrics and you will have the tools to analyse how investment decisions.

Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from subject leaders, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. You will be taught by people who have worked and are still working in the finance industry in the broad areas of asset allocation and risk, as well as algorithmic trading.

• Excellent career prospects; economics has an impressive employment record and graduates’ starting salaries are amongst the highest in the country.

• Small groups with individual support; being part of a small group means you’ll feel part of a team and have close contact with the academic staff. You will also receive individual support from the course director.

• Quality research and teaching; one of only economics departments in the country placed in the top ten for both research and student satisfaction (Research Assessment Exercise, 2014 and National Student Survey 2015).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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